Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Names Award Winners at Annual Excellence Awards Luncheon

Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:00 pm

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce named award winners in several categories and recognized previous winners at today’s annual Excellence Awards Luncheon.

The luncheon was presented by the Chamber’s Board of Directors Chairman, Joy Hunt. Keynote speakers included 2018 ATHENA winner Janette Boehman of WBKO, 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Tori Gerbig of The Pink Lily Boutique, and 2018 Small Business Person of the Year Todd Matthews of Scott & Murphy, Inc.  

“We are thrilled to have such outstanding partners in this community. Their dedication and willingness to serve others exemplify our community’s spirit and drive,” Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch said. “This event honors the remarkable people here and shows our appreciation for their dedication and contributions to our region.”

2018 Administrative Professional of the Year

Sponsored by Gerald Printing

This award recognizes an administrative professional who shows pride in his or her job, repeatedly exhibits excellent job performance, goes above and beyond expectations and displays a cooperative attitude with coworkers and the community. The 2018 Administrative Professional of the Year was presented to Kendra Lewis, Executive Assistant at LifeSkills Inc.

2018 Young ATHENA

Sponsored by Martin Dodge Jeep Chrysler RAM

This award is presented to an area young woman who has emerged as a leader, demonstrates excellence and provides valuable service to her business, profession and community. This person exhibits initiative and creativity, exemplifies and upholds the goals of the professional woman and serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally. The Young ATHENA was presented to Jennifer Oaks, Sales Manager at Liberty Imaging.

The Cornelius Martin ATHENA Scholarship Fund, a perpetual trust within the College Heights Foundation in memory of Cornelius Martin and supported by ATHENA award recipients, was awarded to Ciara Graxirena, a Sophomore studying accounting at Western Kentucky University.

The award presentations were sponsored by: Martin Dodge Jeep Chrysler RAM, Citizens First and Gerald Printing.

The event sponsors include:  Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, Houchens Insurance Group, TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, U.S. Bank, Jim Johnson Nissan, Johnny Webb, BlueCotton, Inc., Regina Webb Salon and Spa, Small Business Development Center.

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About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce: Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,300 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.